It is Betty White’s year, and she will most certainly expand her collection of 16 Emmy nominations with one and possibly two new noms. The white-hot White has been submitted in the guest actress in a comedy series category for her hosting gig on NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as for her guest shot on ABC’s The Middle. She has a lot going in her favor. She hasn’t been out of the spotlight since her appearance in that fateful Super Bowl commercial. Both of White’s guest spots aired in mid May, at the very end of the eligibility period, so they are fresh on Emmy voters’ minds. And White, who famously only has an agent and an assistant but no manager or publicist, will be everywhere, from The View to The Daily Show, in the next couple of weeks, which happen to be the voting period for the Emmy nominations, while promoting her new series, Hot In Cleveland on TV Land. Talk about perfect timing. There will be extra attention on her for an unfortunate reason too, today’s death of Rue McClanahan, which leaves White as the only surviving member of The Golden Girls cast.
While a nomination for White’s widely-publicized and highly-rated SNL appearance is all but guaranteed, White actually has the momentum to win for her hosting stint. Recent Emmy history is on her side. Last year, SNL hosts Tina Fey and Justin Timberlake won both guest comedy acting categories for their stints on the late-night sketch show.
But who may White face in the guest comedy actress category? Fey, for once, is back in contention with another memorable turn as SNL host, along with country star Taylor Swift who was pretty good too. Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth, who won an Emmy for Pushing Daisies, and Idina Menzel are up for Glee. Elizabeth Banks is a contender for two series, 30 Rock and Modern Family. She may have to duke it out for a nomination with fellow 30 Rock guest ladies Julianne Moore and Elaine Stritch as well as Megan Mullally from another NBC Thursday comedy, Parks and Recreation. The field of guest star contenders also include Brooke Shields, who had a memorable turn on The Middle, and Christine Baranski for Big Bang Theory, who may also get a supporting drama nomination for The Good Wife.
Still, it feels like it is Betty White’s year and she should win the Emmy. And at 88 ½, she probably will be the oldest Emmy winner. (John Gielgud was 87 ½ when he won in 1991.)